While some Republicans seek to paint Akin with the Stupid-Brush, they continually splatter it on themselves.
This essay by RCP’s Mark Salter rightly states that Akin was ignorant for repeating some old wives’ tale that a woman has some biological built-in safeguard from being impregnated by a rapist. But this is less ignorant than Bill Clinton’s claim that embryonic stem cell research is not conducted on fertilized eggs, yet he survives as some wise old sage.
Then Salter goes on to include the “legitimate rape” phrase as another stupid Akin gaffe. It isn’t. There IS illegitimate rape. It’s called when a “woman is lying,” as Norma McCorvey did when she went to the Supreme Court as Jane Roe in Roe V. Wade.
Why must the GOP smash Akin over the head with this illegitimate clownfart hammer? Is it simply to trump up a better justification to attack a man whose position is exactly in line with the GOP’s position on “No Abortion Ever”?
Beyond spewing an old wives’ tale, when hundreds of politicians have done far worse, how did Akin become this mortal enemy of the right? I’m confused. Where did he go off the GOP reservation?
You can make a political and moral argument that the exception should have been included. Many pro-life Republicans believe it should. I think so too, although I confess to having doubts about my position. Many in the pro-life movement aren’t convinced that human life begins at conception, but many more are. And if you believe that life does begin at conception, why wouldn’t you also believe that lives conceived in an act of awful violence are still entitled to protection?
But voters might be fooled into thinking Akin represents a broad strain in the GOP if every time they turn on the news or read a paper they’re barraged by pundits insisting all Republican candidates think like Akin or are somehow culpable for his stupidity.
Are we just talking about the old wives’ tale here? If so, this is not a proportional response. We backed up Quayle when he didn’t know how to spell potato. Hell, I’m backing a presidential candidate that believes a convicted con artist is a prophet
If not, Akin’s view represents the GOP platform, so, again, how did Akin become the most hated man in the GOP right now?
Salter’s Full Essay HERE